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  • David

    May 16, 2021 at 6:14 am

    I agree with the importance of context and considering the whole counsel of the Word of God. I abhor proof texting and a deductive approach to biblical interpretation. I also agree that the point of today’s text is that I can’t, but Christ can. I am reminded of what Jesus says in John 15:5b “for apart from me you can do nothing.” The secret sauce is being in (abiding in) Christ, a macro theme throughout all of scripture. This is not about self-help. It’s about supernatural power found in relationship with Christ.

    I can relate to Paul’s idea of contentment because of God’s track record ever since I invited Him into my life. I have lived through times of need and I have enjoyed times of plenty without Him and I can testify that it is a lot better with Him. He has never failed me and He is always there to comfort, encourage and guide me. That is why I can rejoice in all my circumstances. He, not me, works all things out and nothing can separate me from His love, not even death (Roman 8:28-39).